Finished Project, Pattern Spotlight

Holiday Season

The holiday season is almost upon us – but honestly, it’s already started for me. So begins the family fiesta of meetings, gatherings, and plans, which all eat up my homeworkcrafting time.

Here’s a little project I did just for fun earlier this week! Here’s a link to the Ravelry pattern page, and a link to the designer’s blog. Happy crafting!

Baby Cuff Booties
Baby Cuff Booties – free pattern on Ravelry.
Free Patterns, Pattern Spotlight, Patterns

Crochet Hat & Flower Accent Patterns

I was bribedencouraged with the prospect of a free pattern the other day to hook up a hat pattern – it was an interesting pattern, and I really liked that it provided a video tutorial, a chart, and written directions! I’m the type of person who likes written patterns, with photos/video to supplement, and maybe a chart to clarify (though I usually get by on written just fine.)

The hat itself was pretty cute, I made a baby size with a brim. But it seemed to be lacking that… pop. Crochet hats in solid colours can be a little underwhelming sometimes, and it’s a baby hat – they’re supposed to be adorable!

So the pattern feature is really for two crochet patterns that I found. Last night, after the hat was finished, I took some time to search Ravelry for a lovely floral addition to my hat, and found the fantastic pattern used below!

Free crochet your own adventure hat pattern and flower pattern.

The flower pattern is really nice because it can be done with any hook/yarn. Basically, find a button you want to slip it over (did I mention it’s no sew?), size your beginning chains, and then make as many layers of petals as you want (3 layers are supplied; I did 2 for mine.) How great is that? It could be used to make a variety of colours and then be changed out depending on season or outfit themes… yes. The potential is endless.

Here’s the links you’ve been waiting for!

Any grand plans for your crafting weekend? I’m still working on my pattern process posts at the moment, in-between crocheting and knitting, of course. Classes at uni start Monday for me, so I’m enjoying my last tastes of freedom and preparing for OFFF on Sunday, as well! There’ll be lots of pictures and coverage of that event on the blog, too.

Resources

Pattern Process

I didn’t quite have the time I planned yesterday for blogging, but I just wanted to put it out there that I’m working on a two part piece about writing patterns! This is something that I’ve only recently started in the past few months myself, and it’s such a huge daunting process, that I wanted to get some info out there for people who are thinking about writing their own patterns.

The posts will cover two different aspects: the first will cover some tips, tricks, and ideas on how pattern writing can be made easier and more fun. The second will go into my own process, what I’ve found works for me, tools I use, and resources I’ve found along the way.

With that topic on the mind, any questions about the pattern writing process that you’d like to see covered? Certain areas you’re more foggy on or input you’d love to hear about? Leave a comment if you think of anything, and I’ll see what I can do to make it work!

Free Patterns, Limited Time, Pattern Collection

New Kids on the Block

Hello crafters! Today I was searching for inspiration on Ravelry (much to my queue’s dismay) and decided to check out the recently added patterns to the ever-growing database. I found some great quick gift ideas, and figured I’d throw together a quick spotlight for everyone to check out the awesome new free patterns available!

Seven free new patterns, just recently launched!
Seven free new patterns, just recently launched!
  1. Hope in Cotton beanie (crochet)
  2. Reindeer Mitts [child sized] (knitting)
  3. Bergy Slouchy (crochet)
  4. Bordered Chevron blanket (knitting)
  5. Dragon Legs & Arms [child sized] (knitting)
  6. Easy Headband / Ear Warmers (knitting)
  7. Prince Protea Square (crochet)
Purl Ridge Hat. Free until Sept. 28, 2014

Here’s a bonus pattern, the Purl Ridge hat, free until Sept. 28, 2014! Remember: thank and praise designers, who make all these amazing things to share with us – patterns take time and work!

See any patterns you’re itching to make? I myself fancy a pair of the dragon arm warmers, maybe modified for dearest boyfriend of mine… (C’mon. Who doesn’t want to see their significant other warm and toasty, running around the house making dinosaur noises? No one? Really?)

Free Patterns, Pattern Collection, Patterns

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Did you know that Friday, Sept 19 is talk like a pirate day? No, really, it’s a thing. To that end, I’ve rounded up some cute (and free!) knit and crochet patterns to help you scallywags celebrate in the pillaging and plundering!

Six free pirate-themed patterns!
Six free pirate-themed patterns!
  1. Fingerless Gloves (knitting)
  2. Pirate Booties (knitting)
  3. Pirate Patch (crochet)
  4. Puppy Pirate Hat (crochet)
  5. Skull & Crossbone Cuffs (knitting)
  6. Skull Shawl (crochet)
Free Patterns, Pattern Spotlight

Dead Fish Hat

Every year, I face a dilemma around holiday times: what do you craft for someone who has everything? Many people in my life fall into this category, so I’ve had to learn what ways work best for dealing with this hard to gift persons.

This year, I found an excellent pattern for my grandpa for his birthday. He’s a country, small town folk sort of guy, so it was hard to think of anything practical that he’d need (crochet/knitted gloves wouldn’t suffice for his level of work.) To that end, I went with something silly instead.

Enter, the dead fish hat.

The dead fish hat in all its glory.

What I loved about this hat was the versatility. It used up some colours I wouldn’t normally use, and allowed for me to really customize it for the person I was gifting it to. Even better, it’s actually a pretty warm hat! Grandpa ended up really liking it, so that’s a bonus too.

This is a free pattern that you can find more info about on ravelry, or go directly to the pattern page through this link. Either way, if you’re looking for a quick knit to stash away for the impending holiday rush, this might be just the pattern for you! (The only thing you should check is your gauge! Mine was way off for the suggested needle size, so check that to make sure the brim is a good fit and to save yourself some stress.)

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Scrap!

Today was a day of adventures – went out with the family to a local recycle craft store. It’s a non-profit that helps kids experience crafts, but it’s also great for picking up odds and ends. I made some great button finds, a nice box to keep said buttons in (aughhh, buttons are my most recent love! They’re so much fun to add to projects and finding that perfect button… it’s like music happens.), and some interesting yarn scraps for a scrap blanket I want to make for a friend.

If anyone lives in the Portland OR area, or gets down and around here, I heartily suggest checking out Scrap! You can check out their website here to learn about their mission and services (and more importantly, to find their location.)

Does anyone else visit a recycle/reuse store for supplies? Scrap always makes me wish I sewed, because the fabric selections are so interesting too!

Free Patterns, Limited Time, Patterns

Cafe Au Lait Poncho

Here’s a great pattern up for 24 hours on Cre8tionCrochet! This poncho is super fun and easy to customize, and comes with various sizing options too. Lorene has some really great patterns up for free and sale, and is running a celebration giveaway for reaching 60k fans – quite the accomplishment!

To read more about the giveaway and goodies, check out the main post about it here!

Patterns, Promotions

It begins!

 

Water Lily Mandala Square – free for a limited time!

Just trying to figure out this whole blogging thing, and honestly it’s a little overwhelming. I really want this to be a space to share about my current projects, my designs, free patterns to share, and interesting stitches or ideas related to crochet and knitting.

To that point, I’ll leave this first post with a blurb about a pattern I just published today, which is up for free for a limited time!

The Water Lily Mandala Square is a quick and easy project for a 6″ square. It uses up to 4 colours, though testers used 2-3 with great success. It’s an abbreviated written pattern, with two pages of photos at the end of the PDF to help outline tricky steps! It’s free with the code “autumn” until the end of September!